Can you stay up all night for homelessness? Cardboard Citizen’s all-night walking fundraiser — The Big Tramp — is challenging you to do just that on Summer Solstice this year: 20 June.
The UK’s leading homeless theatre company, Cardboard Citizens is once again inviting Londoners to join a unique tramping tour of London filled with history, drama and most probably a few thermoses of coffee.
Led by writer and literary walker Henry Eliot, your journey begins as Big Ben strikes midnight. From E1 to SE11 you will see where George Orwell was Down and Out, the location where Charles Dickens discovered “houselessness” and the dosshouses where poet W H Davies sought shelter. Honest tales of homelessness come courtesy of the Cardboard Citizen members, who have experienced it for themselves.
If the pop-up theatre performances along the way don’t keep you perked up then a reviving meal at a Bloomsbury Soup Kitchen should do the job, before the night ends at 7am with breakfast and a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s The Tramp at Kennington Cinema.
Get your friends involved and ask them to support you all-night escapade. Cardboard Citizens is a charity that works with and for homeless people, giving them the opportunities to tell stories through theatre and performance art. All funds raised through The Big Tramp will go towards their young people’s programme ACT NOW, so it is a great opportunity to get involved with a great cause - as well as explore an entirely new side of London.
The Big Tramp takes place on 20 June from 11pm-7am. The walk starts at Cardboard Citizens HQ, 77A Greenfield Road, SE1 1E7 and finishes at The Cinema Museum in Kennington. Registration costs £39/£30 with a minimum fundraising target of £250.